STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19899-CAS3170 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Cassette EP
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
What is it about groups coming out of the relative insularity of churchdom and pitching for a foothold in the mainstream arena that they plump for such naff names? We've long winced at Funky Beehive's cringe-worthy moniker. Now we've got this bunch from Brighton, "very influenced by acid jazz" and going fulltime into secular clubland, but saddling themselves with Purple Phatfish. But the guys are worth checking out anyway. In Louise Hunt they have an excellent singer with a nice line in fluid minor key intoning and bluesy inflections while the guitarist who plays the Wes Montgomery-style solo on "Mr Happy" is seriously hot. Not sure that the raps work and this 3-song tape could do with a producer to sort them out but there's some seriously fine players here just looking for a way of breaking through.
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